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by Walter Scott
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No historian's Queen Elizabeth was ever so perfectly a woman as the fictitious Elizabeth of Kenilworth," wrote Thomas Hardy. Scott's magnificent novel recreates the drama and the strange mixture of assurance and profound unease of the age of Elizabeth through the story of Amy Robsart. A woman of great beauty and integrity, Amy is married to the Earl of Leicester, one of the queen's favorites, who must keep his marriage secret or else incur royal displeasure. Rich in character, melodrama, and romance, Kenilworth is rivaled only by the great Elizabethan dramas.
About the Author
Walter Scott (1771-1832), born in Edinburgh, was the most famous and prestigious novelist of his age. Best known for his "Waverley Novels," Scott was also an accomplished poet and author of several histories.
David Hewitt is Professor of Scottish Literature at the University of Aberdeen and editor-in-chief of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley novels.
David Punter is Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling. J. H. Alexander is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen.
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